Archive for the ‘Gadgets’ Category

New Arrival: Pure Storage Takes on Cloud-Native Applications

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Pure becomes first leading storage provider to deliver NVMe-oF RoCE with DirectFlash Fabric.

With this announcement, Pure becomes the first mainstream enterprise storage provider to widely support NVMe-oF RoCE, which enables enterprises to get flash media closer to applications for more real-time access and greater consolidation.

With this announcement, Pure becomes the first mainstream enterprise storage provider to widely support NVMe-oF RoCE, which enables enterprises to get flash media closer to applications for more real-time access and greater consolidation.

Pure Storage, the all-flash storage provider today announced it has added powerful new DirectFlash™ Fabric capability for end-to-end NVMe and NVMe-oF support in Purity 5.2, the software-defined engine of its FlashArray//X products.

“The future is delivering applications and services at the speed of thought. To do this, applications can no longer live within barriers, they must interact, intercommunicate and share datasets in real-time. Architectures must converge alongside the data, and break down the barriers that exist today. DirectFlash Fabric is a key component for helping enterprises unify their cloud,” said Chadd Kenney, Vice President of Product and Solutions, Pure Storage.

The new capability further extends Pure’s leadership in empowering customers to approach hybrid cloud with a new level of unified infrastructure – to run apps anywhere and protect data everywhere.

DirectFlash Fabric enables customers to improve performance of enterprise mission critical applications as well as new web-scale applications that traditionally have relied on direct attached storage.

Modern enterprises are challenged to deliver innovations and services that can keep up with a constantly fast-moving society — with no downtime allowed.

According to Google, 53 percent of mobile users will leave a site that takes over three seconds to load. Applications must be available and accessible at all times.

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New Arrival: Plantronics Launches Polycom Studio Video Bar in Singapore

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Plantronics offers business class video collaboration to huddle rooms with Polycom Studio. Available in Singapore from 28 February through channel partners and distributors at an RRP of US$949.

The new plug-and-play Polycom Studio HD video-conferencing solution transforms small meeting rooms into centers for collaboration.

The new plug-and-play Polycom Studio HD video-conferencing solution transforms small meeting rooms into centers for collaboration.

Plantronics, an audio pioneer and unified communications technology leader, today announced its first entry into the huddle room video market with its new plug-and-play video bar, Polycom Studio.

“With an increasingly mobile workforce, workers are no longer bound by physical limitations when it comes to having meetings and collaborating. There is a growing need for companies to equip their workspaces to enable workers to work smarter, collaborate more and achieve greater productivity.  With the HD audio and video clarity that Polycom Studio provides, even the smallest of spaces can have boardroom capability,” said Low Mei Lin, Director, APAC solutions marketing at Polycom.

Packed in a transportable USB device, the plug-and-play video bar immerses small meeting groups in an upgraded collaboration experience with Polycom’s HD audio and video quality.

The video bar is compatible with PCs or Macs for video collaboration on popular Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, Google Meet, Cisco Webex, Amazon Chime, among others.

With a simple USB connection, any PC or Mac can leverage the power of Polycom Studio to elevate audio and video meeting experiences.

Its patented NoiseBlock and Acoustic Fence technologies reduce or eliminate distracting noise from office environments for professional-sounding communications.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e Android Tablet

Friday, February 15th, 2019

The new Galaxy Tab S5e has a 10.5-inch screen, 5.5mm thickness and weighs 400g. Prices TBA.

Available in monochromatic colours that include Silver, Black and Gold, the Galaxy Tab S5e will be launched in Singapore from Q2 2019 in Black and Gold.

Available in monochromatic colours that include Silver, Black and Gold, the Galaxy Tab S5e will be launched in Singapore from Q2 2019 in Black and Gold.

The Tab S5e boasts a battery life of 14.5 hrs and is the first Samsung tablet to feature the new Bixby 2.0.

Details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Canon EOS RP Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Camera

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

The new Canon EOS RP is the entry-level model in Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera range, following the mid-tier EOS R that was released last year. Prices and specs below.

The new Canon EOS RP full-frame, mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera.

The new Canon EOS RP full-frame, mirrorless, interchangeable-lens camera.

The new EOS RP has a more compact and lighter body compared to the EOS R.

The full-frame mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera has a 26.2-megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, 0.05s focusing speed and EV -5 focussing capabilities.

 

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Preview and hands-on for the Canon EOS RP in Singapore.

The body is priced at S$1,999 with a number of lens kits available at promotional prices.

Details and promotional prices below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Pre-orders for Microsoft Surface Devices Singapore

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Starting today (3 January), consumers in Singapore can pre-order Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 including the Surface for Business line-up via Microsoft Online Store, as well as authorised commercial resellers and retailers.

SRP for the new Microsoft Surface devices. Click on table to enlarge.

SRP for the new Microsoft Surface devices. Click on table to enlarge.

The new line-up will be generally available from 15th January 2019.

Authorised commercial resellers include AsiaPac, JK Technology, NCS, and UIC; while authorised retailers include Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, LOL by Epicentre, and Harvey Norman.

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Holiday Greetings: Happy New Year 2019

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

It’s 2019. Happy New Year!

 

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Sunrise over the Ella Gap in Sri Lanka. Photo taken with Google Pixel 3 XL Android phone, with auto-added saturation in Google Photos.

A new day… A new year … A new beginning.

Best Wishes for the New Year.

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Opening: OPPO 3.0 Flagship Store in Singapore Suntec City Mall

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

OPPO opens first overseas OPPO 3.0 concept store in Singapore outside of China. Opening promotions offers below.

 

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OPPO Singapore flagship store is located in Suntec City at Tower 3, #01-627-630 and is open from Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm.

The other two stores in China are in Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Launching on 17 of November 2018, the OPPO 3.0 flagship store opens its doors with a line-up of activities and promotions including a SuperVOOC challenge where customers have the chance of winning a R17 Pro.

The OPPO 3.0 flagship store is located at the atrium on the ground floor between Towers 3 & 4 at Suntec City Mall.

The OPPO 3.0 flagship store is located at the atrium on the ground floor between Towers 3 & 4 at Suntec City Mall.

Customers who purchase OPPO products on that day will be able to receive free gifts from OPPO worth up to $238.

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New Arrival: Huawei Unveils Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro Smartphones

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Huawei has unveiled its Mate 20 Series of Android smartphones in London. The Mate 20 (S$998) and Mate 20 Pro (S$1,348) will be in Singapore from 27 October.

The Huawei Mate 20 Series. The Huawei Mate 20 X will not be available in Singapore.

The Huawei Mate 20 Series. The Huawei Mate 20 X will not be available in Singapore.

The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series offers On-Device AI and ships with Dual-NPU, Leica Triple Camera with Leica Ultra Wide Angle Lens, HUAWEI SuperCharge supporting high-speed charging of up to 40W and Wireless Reverse Charging.

“With the rapid growth of game developers and many popular game titles, the social gaming industry is becoming increasingly competitive. Having the best technology is crucial to maintaining a competitive edge,” said Rex Ng, Chief Executive Officer of 6waves.

To mark its debut, customers can head down to Causeway Point on 27 October and receive a premium gift set (worth up to S$470) with every purchase of the HUAWEI Mate 20 or Mate20 Pro.

Huawei also announced two new wearables: Huawei Watch GT and Huawei Band 3 Pro.

Porsche Design and Huawei Consumer Business Group also unveiled the new Porsche Design Huawei Mate 20 RS Series smartphone today, the fourth handset in the collaboration.

Prices & availability of the various Mate 20 Series models from Huawei.

Prices & availability of the various Mate 20 Series models from Huawei.

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New Arrival: Google Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL in Singapore

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Google Pixel 3 (S$1,249) and Pixel 3 XL (S$1,399) Android smartphones will be available from 1 November through the Google Store online, as well as local telcos Singtel and StarHub. Pixel Stand is priced at S$119.

 

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Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL launched in Singapore.

Google promises a “more helpful, thoughtful and enjoyable experience” on the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

The Pixel comes in two sizes, the 5.5” Pixel 3 and the 6.3” Pixel 3 XL.

 

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Martin Geh, Managing Director, APAC Hardware Partnerships, Google, at the launch of the Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL in Singapore.

Both phones will come in three colours – Just Black, Clearly White and a new colour, Not Pink.

Both have the exact same feature set and comes with a USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter and Pixel USB-C earbuds in the box.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Honor 8X (S$348) Debuts in Singapore

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

The Honor 8X budget smartphone from Huawei is being officially launched in Singapore today. Highlights include an aurora glass body and thin bottom border using innovative chip-on-film (COF) technology.

In Singapore, the Honor 8X is now available through authorized resellers and official online store at Lazada for $348.

In Singapore, the Honor 8X is now available through authorized resellers and official online store at Lazada for S$348.

The Honor 8X features a 6.5-inch FullView display with 91% screen-to-body ratio and a 2.5D double texture aurora glass body with a grating effect.

The 6.5-inch Notch Full-View Display 2.0 has a 19.5:9 ratio in a 5.5-inch long and 7.8 mm thick body.

At launch, the Honor 8X will be available in Black and Blue, with the Red color available at a later date.

At launch, the Honor 8X will be available in Black and Blue, with the Red color available at a later date.

The aspect ratio is close to the 21:9 ratio used in cinemas.

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